James Webster's living situation first tipped him off to the strong Jewish presence on the Syracuse University campus.
"We used to joke about it last year," said Webster, a junior illustration major. "We called Mount Olympus mini-Jerusalem."
This reputation is not just distinct to the Mount, though, as the entire university has earned a reputation for its growing Jewish population over the past three decades. Joel Miller, executive director of the Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life, said this reputation has spread by word-of-mouth and attracts more Jewish students to the university.
According to Hillel's national Web site, about 25 percent of SU's campus is Jewish, and this large number has had a significant effect on the university.
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